The CVRC is housed within approximately 19,650 square feet in the MR-5 research building plus a portion of the sixth floor of MR-4. The CVRC has the capacity to support between 12-16 resident faculty laboratories. To help foster and promote basic and applied cardiovascular research and to help integrate interdisciplinary research efforts across departmental boundaries the CVRC provides several shared services/facilities to its members.
Ultimately these spaces are setup for the immediate use of resident CVRC faculty members but they are also available to all CVRC members. Each member PI using these shared spaces should insure they communicate with the CVRC Business Office and inform them of their planned usage or need. This is to insure that space is available, that procedures for usage are understood and that notifications are provided. The CVRC will make every effort to post procedures on our website or in the locations of shared areas/equipment but is not responsible for any failure or loss to any items due to general malfunction of area beyond our control.
Detailed information or contact information for each shared is provided below.
CVRC Histological Services (MR5 - 1238) under Missy Bevard’s direction
The goal of the CVRC Histology Core is to provide high quality histological services and expertise in a cost-effective, value-added manner to CVRC resident and member investigators. The services that the CVRC Histology core provides span a range of capabilities directed at correlative studies in basic, preclinical, and clinical investigations. More
Microscopy Facility (MR4 – 6086) under Brant Isakson’s direction
The Isakson Lab maintains two confocal microscopes for use by members of the Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center after they complete a training program directed by Angie Best-Campbell, who supervises use of the microscopes. More
Licor Imaging System (MR4 - 6062) under Angela Best-Campbell’s direction
As part of the broader proteomic expertise in cardiovascular research at the University of Virginia, the Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center in conjunction with the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine has purchased an Odyssey Infared Imaging System. The Licor Odyssey scans immunoblots in the 700 nm and 800 nm wavelengths, providing 1) superb and unmatched quantitation due to the lack of saturation of pixels as seen with filter based systems and chemiluminescence, 2) better sensitivity than chemiluminescence and 3) excellent signal-to-noise.
In addition, our Licor system has an optional mouse attachment mouse pod enabling in vivo imaging of up to three mice at one time with built in gas chamber. More
Biorad Chemidoc Touch Gel Imaging System(MR5 - G227) under Jim Garmey and Melissa Marshall’s direction
The BioRad ChemiDoc Imaging System is a high performance CCD camera that can provide digital images of DNA gels, Protein gels and Western blots. It provides high quality imaging of gels and western blots without the need for film processing and a darkroom. The system comes with trays that enable the use of various stains such as coomassie blue, silver, Syber green and ethidium bromide. The system software allows for sensitive detection and quantitation of gel bands and can generate images that are publication quality. More
BioRad CFX96 RT-PCR Systems (MR5 - G219 & G229) under John Lye and Jim Garmey’s direction
The CFX96™ optical reaction module converts the C1000 Touch™ thermal cycler chassis into the powerful and precise CFX96 Touch real-time PCR detection system. This six-channel system combines advanced optical technology with precise thermal control to deliver sensitive, reliable detection. Quickly set up runs and monitor amplification traces in real time on the integrated LCD touch screen. With up to five-target detection, unsurpassed thermal cycler performance, unrivaled stand-alone functionality, and powerful yet easy-to-use software, the CFX96 Touch system is designed to advance your qPCR. More
Radioisotope Shared Facility (MR5 - 1204 and 1204A) under Julien Dimastromatteo’s direction
• Use of the hot room will generally be restricted to CVRC members and must be scheduled in advance through Julien Dimastromatteo 434-243-9434 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
• Users are required to comply with radiation safety guidelines, including proper training, use of gloves, record keeping, proper transport of radioactivity, etc.
• All users are required to log in, survey the room before and after use and document their survey results in the logbook.
• All users are responsible for removing waste or calling radiation safety to have waste removed. Non-radioactive waste also should be removed.
• Rules violations will result in loss of room use privileges.
Cell Culture Facility (MR5 – 1216 & 1218) under Rupa Tripathi’s direction
The tissue culture rooms are located in MR5, room 1216 and 1218. Before using the CVRC Tissue Culture (TC) Facilities you must obtain permission, instruction, a key, and a copy of the rules by contacting Rupa Tripathi 982-4382 or email@example.com. More
Viral Culture Facility (MR5 -1232C&D) under Olga Cherepanova’s direction
Users who would like to know more information about this facility should contact Olga Cherepanova directly to discuss equipment, training, and scheduling at 924-5993 firstname.lastname@example.org
Autoclave System (1201) under Brian Helmke’s direction
Users who would like to know more information about this system should contact Brian Helmke directly to discuss equipment, training, scheduling and issues at 924-1726 email@example.com
Equipment Rooms (1203 and G217)
Users who would like to know more information about these rooms should contact Paul Orange directly to discuss equipment, training, scheduling and issues at 243-9442 firstname.lastname@example.org
Glass Wash & Millipore Water System (1201)
Users who would like to know more information about these systems should contact Paul Orange directly to discuss equipment and issues at 243-9442 email@example.com
Dark Room & Film Processor (1230) under Rupa Tripathi’s direction
Users who would like to know more information about this facility should contact Rupa Tripathi directly to discuss equipment, training, and scheduling at 982-4382 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cold Room & Freezer (G205 and 1228/1228A)
User who would like to use these rooms should contact Paul Orange directly to discuss procedures at 243-9442 email@example.com. More
Small Conference Room/Library (1019)
Users who would like to know more information about these rooms should contact the CVRC Business Office at (434) 924-5500
Large Conference Room (MR5 - 1005)
The responsibility for the maintenance, upkeep, monitoring, and running of shared space rests with all CVRC faculty in MR4 and MR5. For example, it is expected that all shared facilities and equipment spaces are left clean and functional. All items stored in shared areas are clearly marked with lab name and contact info. If problems arise with the unsupervised shared spaces, please discuss with the CVRC COO.
In the supervised shared spaces, the principal investigator assigned to oversee the operation of the space has the authority to create rules and regulations that pertain to the usage of the shared space, as they see fit, to guarantee that the integrity of the space remains intact.
These rules and regulations can be but are not limited to: experimental techniques to be used in the space, training required, monitoring the access to the shared space, requiring reservation and signing in of the space and disciplinary actions associated with improper usage of the space. Each PI supervising a shared facility will provide a set of written rules that will be reviewed and posted accordingly.
Any conflict that arises from the usage of CVRC Shared Facilities should be resolved between the complaining party and the principal investigator assigned to monitor the space. If a resolution is unattainable by this procedure then a formal request for a conflict resolution can be submitted to the COO of the Center.
Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center
University of Virginia- School of Medicine
415 Lane Rd, Suite 1010
PO Box 801394
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Phone: (434) 924-5500
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